To commemorate the 160th anniversary of I. J. Paderewski's birth on November 6, 2020, the Jagiellonian Library has prepared an online exhibition that presents objects related to this person in the JB's Special Collections Department. Through manuscripts, photographs, press clippings, catalogs, occasional prints, etc., we want to recall the profile of this outstanding pianist, composer and statesman, who held a number of offices in the Polish diaspora movement and in the structures of reborn Poland (in 1919 he was the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs ). Our intention is to present Paderewski's activity in the artistic, social and political arena, without avoiding the private aspect of his life. The presented historical sources are unique. In addition to the "great history", you can see fragments of Paderewski's everyday life, his family relations, his intimate world, see the pulsating life of an individual and through them the spirit of the times. Thus, we create an opportunity to present the aspects of the biography of this historical hero in less known, hidden, non-obvious conventions. From the perspective of silence, or better known and routine habits also preserved by education, it would be worth paying attention to such an unconventional silhouette in a broad-context approach, to open up to new, somewhat foreign content. We hope that such a learning opportunity is offered by our exhibition.
List of objects in the Special Collections Department of the Jagiellonian Library. (As of October 2020).
Available online selected objects are highlighted in light text.
Music Collection Section
Old suite (for three voices) op. 3 [for piano], Warsaw, December 1880/January 1881, manuscript, 35,5x27 cm, p. 6 + IV.
BJ Muz. Rkp. 2225 IV
Paderewski's likeness with signature.
Przyb. 15/62 Manuscript purchased from Adam Steidler.
Notification of the wedding of Ignacy Jan Paderewski to Helena Rosen, print, 1899.
Rkp. BJ 7727 III k. 106-107 Manuscript purchased from Antoni Górski, 1952.
Poem written by Paderewski.
Przyb. 8/86Manuscript purchased from Ireneusz Caban.
Graphic and Maps Section
[Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in a coat with a fur collar]. [Unknown place]: Dziewulski Paper Warehouse, [between 1914 and 1920].
BJ Graf. I.F. 4635
M. Paderewski / [Elliott & Fry]. [London] : [Elliott & Fry], .
BJ Graf. I.F. 4720
[Portrait of Ignacy Jan Paderewski with Albert Tadlewski]. [Between 1925 and 1939].
BJ Graf. I.F. 15594
[Portrait of Helena Górska] / Portrait Album B. Marion à Varsovie. À Varsovie : B. Marion, . Portrait of Helena Górska secundo voto Paderewska, shown in a bust, facing left, against a neutral background, head in profile.
BJ Graf. I.F. 4109
[Portrait of Helena Rosen] / Karoli & Pusch in Warsaw. In Warsaw: Karoli & Pusch photography of Government Theaters, [approx. 1874]. Portrait of Helena Rosen (later Paderewska) during her engagement with Władysław Górski.
BJ Graf. I.F. 4185